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NaNoWriMo: On Narrative and Creative Writing

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If you navigate to the “About” page on the National November Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) website, you will find this brief, but meaningful statement:

National Novel Writing Month is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (formerly known as the Office of Letters and Light) that believes your story matters.”

Perhaps the most personal part of this introduction is the implication that your story matters rather than just a story.

NaNoWriMo encourages participants to write about anything they wish, but the emphasis here is on the voice telling the narrative. Your voice.

100 people could tell the same story over and over again. But…could anyone tell it quite like you, with your inflection, your memories, your understanding, or your personage?

This is why your story truly matters. Your personal voice and idiosyncrasies affect the timbre and texture of narratives, putting a one of kind fingerprint on otherwise recycled stories.

With this in mind, consider the collection of books set up next to the NaNoWriMo Display on the first floor of McCain Library. Each one was either:

  • Written by a person who wrote the book during NaNoWriMo and became a best-selling author
  • Deals with narrative and the re-telling or re-writing of fictional and/or actual events
  • Re-tells familiar literature in a new way -OR-
  • Reveals the power and impact of narrative and different voices retelling that narrative on and throughout generations and communities.

If you would like to participate in our weekly  NaNoWriMo meetups, click here for more information.

To go to the NaNoWriMo website, click here.

Happy Writing & Narrating ✒.



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Hi All,
Closed Library
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the library will be closing early at 10:30 pm tonight, Thursday, Nov. 8.
We apologize for any inconvenience and suggest that students with late night studying needs move over to the common spaces and accessible centers on the ground floor of Campbell Hall.
With Care,
McCain Library Staff
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Nigerian Culture Through Media

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Which musician and activist developed Afrobeat music?

What are some perspectives of being a Nigerian-American?

What is Nollywood, and how has it expanded?

These are a few questions that can be answered by visiting the “Nigeria Culture Through Media” display on the first floor of McCain Library!

By curating a display out of literature that is by and about revered Nigerian figures, summaries, and garments, student assistant Folasade pays homage to her culture while inviting others to learn more about it.

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No Costume? No Problem!


Hey Scotties!

McCain Library invites amateurs, professionals, and all in between to join us at our No Costume? No Problem! Halloween Upcycling event on Friday, October 19th from 4-7PM in Room 211 at McCain Library. During the event, you will have the opportunity to design or work on a costume using various odds, ends, fabrics, tools, and materials provided by the library and your peers. There will also be picture inspiration, tips, tricks, tutorials, and peer advice to get you started on your costume masterpiece. You can bring in an unfinished piece or start from scratch if you’d like!

Are you interested? Then RSVP here by Friday, October 17th. You are not required to stay the entire time.

*If you can, please bring at least 3 clothing or costuming items to contribute to the event, such as:

  • Fabric
  • Handheld sewing supplies, scissors, safety pins
  • Fabric glue or fabric tape
  • Fasteners, buttons, Velcro, zippers, etc.
  • Old clothing, ribbon
  • Accessories
  • Scrap wire, wire hangers, pliers, wire cutters
  • Rulers or tape measure
  • Anything that you believe might be useful

We suggest labeling any personal items you share, but plan to keep (like scissors).

Hope to see you there!


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We Are Updating the Laptops

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It’s almost Hump Day Scotties!

You may or may not know that McCain Library circulates laptops to staff, faculty, and students with a loan period of 6 hours. To keep our laptops in the best shape for you, they will be undergoing updates and much needed installations beginning Monday of next week (10/8/18). Unfortunately, this means that laptops will not be available for checkout for the entire week (from 10/8/18 – 10/15/18).

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and wanted to let you know in advance. But do not despair! — we still have several lovely computer workstations on the ground and first floor of McCain Library for you to use and enjoy.

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Want to Post a Flyer in the Library?

Happy Friday Scotties!

We know that you have many awesome events happening on campus, and we want everyone to know about it!

If you have a flyer* you would like to post, give it to a library staff member. We will put it in our new designated signage area on the first floor. Don’t forget to stop by to see what your peers have planned for you!

*All flyers must have the “approved” stamp from the Student Activities Office to be posted

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Did You Know?…The Printers Have a Built-in Stapler!

Happy Pre-Friday Scotties!

Did you know that the new printers in McCain Library (1st Floor and Ground Floor) have a built-in stapler?? That’s right! Gone are the days of looking around for the (probably misplaced) print station stapler or going up to the Circulation Desk to awkwardly ask to use the one there.

To use the stapler, turn your documents the long way (landscape) so that the top of your documents are to the right. Then, slide the documents all the way in the “stapler cubby” from left to right. Wait for the green light, and then voila! — your documents are now stapled.

According to the printers’ manufacturer, there are so many staples in the printers, they will never. run. out. That’s a pretty serious guarantee, and there’s only one way to find out — come to McCain Library to test it out!

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Carrel Spotlight: G-6!

Many Seniors and Independent Study students like to add a personal touch to their carrels* (since they spend much time there studying). Check out this student who decked out her carrel with cozy items, succulents, and Scottie gear to show some Scottie pride!

*As always, we encourage everyone to respect the students’ carrels and not touch or take any of their belongings. Thank you for being considerate!

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Library Open House: Books, Bikes, and Booths!

Hello, Scotties! Let McCain Library, the Center for Digital & Visual Literacy (CDVL), and the Decatur Public Library celebrate your arrival at our Open House by showing you all of the awesome and helpful resources we have for you — both academic and purely for fun.

It’s happening Thursday, August 30, 3:00-5:00pm.

Spark your curiosity on a scavenger hunt through McCain to help you find resources and services you might need throughout the year… and for a chance to win prizes*! If the hunt is not what you want, we will also have event stations such as:

  • Book Trivia (Do you know it? Well, show it!)
  • Test-a-Bike (and the helmet, too…)
  • Book Look-Up (What’s your criminal call number?)
  • Photo & Equipment Booth (You’re our “Most Wanted,” so pose for a mugshot using equipment available for check out!)
  • Snacks! (Study spaces and vegan brownies or broccoli – a great pairing!)

If McCain does not have everything you’re looking for — no worries! Friends from the Decatur Public Library will be here to give you access to their library and awesome resources, such as audiobooks, popular reading, electronic magazines, and exam prep materials. Faculty, staff, and students may sign up for a public library card during this event.

To learn more about McCain Library and what’s available to you, here is a link to the website:

See You There!

*Complete the scavenger hunt for chances to win gift cards to local eateries:

buttercream      Print       raging burrito